Autumn Scenes Along Çalış Beach – Sad Or Serene?

It was a photo we put on our Facebook page that prompted this post. If you read this blog a lot, you’ll know that autumn and spring are our favourite times of year to be in Fethiye. The weather is perfect for getting out and about, making activities like our Fethiye Must Sees & Dos much more appealing and doable because the heat of the sun isn’t so oppressive.

In autumn, we go on and on and tell everyone how much we love autumn (our friends will testify to that, no doubt) and how it’s our favourite season…and then, after a long, quiet winter, we can’t help but get excited as everything and everyone starts to wake up for spring…and we tell everyone it’s our favourite season. We love them both for different reasons.

Çalış Beach, Fethiye, Autumn

Çalış Beach earlier this week

And this is one of the reasons for autumnal love: Çalış Beach. We love the slow down; the weather’s still warm, the sea a little cooler (but people still swim), and the beach empties. And this not a snobby oh-we-love-it-when-the-tourists-leave situation because the summer crowds make us happy, too. It’s just that sudden contrast from liveliness – the beds are still there as a reminder of what was – to serenity.

Çalış Beach Sunbeds, Fethiye, Turkey

Everyone’s going home

Beds that were filled with sunbathers now lie in a neat row, all along the beach, empty. And this is what prompted this post. For us, this is now a period of calm, of natural beauty, of only being able to hear the crashing of waves (except if a bar is showing the football!). Eventually, over the next few weeks, all these beds will be cleared away and Çalış Beach will once more be a natural, sweeping band of southwest Turkish coastline.

And so, as we walked along there earlier this week, we took a photo for our Instagram profile and posted it to Facebook. The photo was of the bed/umbrella collection process. We thought it looked peaceful, iconic; it marked the end of one season and showed the transition to a new one; autumn.

But evidently, when it comes to season changes in the Fethiye area, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. “What a sad photo,” people commented. Quite a few of you thought it was a sad scene. Interesting how we all see the same thing but perceive it in so many different ways…

Here’s the post we did in Facebook. And we’re interested: What do you see? Sadness or serenity – or even both?

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  1. . . the world always looks a much nicer place without people and their influences!

  2. An empty beach is much more satisfying than a crowded one. About this time two years ago we spent a lovely day at Ölüdeniz and had the whole place to ourselves. So peaceful 🙂

  3. Serenity for me. I love visiting the beaches when we come over in winter, they look much bigger, and much more beautiful. :)))

  4. @ Alan: and by our very existence, looking at it through our own eyes, we are influencing it. 🙂

    @ Renee: Yeah, when you get the beaches of Ölüdeniz to yourself, you see the area for the beautiful place it is. 🙂

  5. @ Jan: Yeah, much bigger – and as a beach should be…but then we don’t like sunbathing either. 🙂

  6. Serene but still a bit sad as summer is ending.

  7. It looks good to me! I like quiet beaches. I enjoyed the almost-empty beaches in April last year as well, but of course the ambiance is different then because it’s summer coming rather than winter.

  8. @ BacktoBodrum: Well, all that depends on how much you like winter, I guess. 😉 We’re fans of the quiet life. 🙂

    @ Miss Footloose: Yes, April’s good too but a different ambiance. Always’s lots of hope that the new season for Fethiye will be a good one. 🙂

  9. Been there’s in Nov when all is quite and the beach empty. …just as lovely

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